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The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

1st Edition

Edited by Gavin Brown, Kath Browne


518 pages

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Comprehensive and authoritative, this state-of-the-art review both charts and develops the rich sub-discipline geographies of sexualities, exploring sex-gender, sexuality and sexual practices. Emerging from the desire to examine differences and exclusions as a key aspect of human geographies, these geographies have engaged with heterosexual and queer, lesbian, gay, bi and trans lives. Developing thinking in this area, geographers and other social scientists have illustrated the centrality of place, space and other spatial relationships in reconstituting sexual practices, representations, desires, as well as sexed bodies and lives. This book reviews the current state of the field and offers new insights from authors located on five continents. In doing so, the book seeks to draw on and influence core debates in this field, as well as disrupt the Anglo-American hegemony in studies of sexualities, sexes and geographies. This volume is the definitive collection in the area, bringing together many international leaders in the field, alongside scholars that are well-established outside the Anglophone academy, and many emerging talents who will lead the field in the decades to come.


"This immensely useful collection of essays rigorously and insightfully addresses urgent questions about sexuality, space and place in an impressive variety of contexts. It will be of benefit not only to geographers, but also to anyone interested in a rich, nuanced analysis of the production and control of sex, sexuality, and sexual and gender identities and subcultures." – Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law, USA

"This volume definitively demonstrates that the study of sexuality is not a sub-field of Geography but rather a crucial and integral component that, taken up seriously, inherently redefines the field. Comprehensive, well-organized, and all-encompassing, it is a must for any syllabus not solely on sexuality studies, but more trenchantly, on human geography. The encapsulation of many decades of work on sexuality and its implications for the study and field of geography is breathtaking." – Jasbir K. Puar, Rutgers University, USA and author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times

"On the whole […] this book is an impressive marker in the field […] For those who still hold doubts about the status of geographies of sexualities, the volume clarifies the real importance of the subject in how it can help us think about identity, behaviour, place and space. The value of this collection lies in helping to further cement (or for some, legitimise) geographies of sex and sexualities as a growing field of research with valuable provocations for scholars in numerous related fields. Sex and sexualities research can now boast a book capturing the healthy state of the discipline in 2017, as well as a useful reference work for scholars, researchers and policy workers alike." - Sam Miles, Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, in Antipode (January 2017)

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Kath Browne and Gavin Brown

Section I: Urban Sexualities

Gavin Brown, Tiffany Muller Myrdahl and Paulo Jorge Vieira (editors)

2. Urban Sexualities: Section Introduction

Gavin Brown, Tiffany Muller Myrdahl and Paulo Jorge Vieira

3. Disaggregating Sexual Metronormativities: Looking Back at ‘Lesbian’ Urbanisms

Julie A. Podmore

4. Dyked New York: The Space between Geographical Imagination and Materialization of Lesbian–Queer Bars and Neighbourhoods

Jen Jack Gieseking

5. Visibility on Their Own Terms? LGBTQ Lives in Small Canadian Cities

Tiffany Muller Myrdahl

6. Trans(itional) Geographies: Bodies, Binaries, Places and Spaces

Lynda Johnston and Robyn Longhurst

7. Sexualities and Urban Life

Gustav Visser

Section II: Sexual Politics

Kath Browne and Gavin Brown (editors)

8. Sexual Politics: Section Introduction

Gavin Brown and Kath Browne

9. Temptresses and Predators: Gender-based Violence, Safekeeping and the Production of Proper Subjects

Jason Lim and Alexandra Fanghanel

10. Eco-sexual Normativity and Queer(ing) Ecologies

Emma A. Foster

11. Tunnels of Social Growth within the Leviathan: A Story of China’s Super Girl

Camila Bassi

12. In Italy It’s Different: Pride as a Space of Political Contention

Cesare Di Feliciantonio

13. Radical Activism and Autonomous Contestation ‘From Sithin’: The Gay Centre in Tel Aviv

Chen Misgav

14. Intersectional Geopolitics, Transgender Advocacy and the New Media Environment

Natasha Vine and Julie Cupples

15. Sexual tensions in modernizing Singapore: the postcolonial and the intimate

Natalie Oswin

Section III: Decolonizing Sexualities

Robert Kulpa and Joseli Maria Silva (editors)

16. Decolonizing Queer Epistemologies: Section Introduction

Robert Kulpa and Joseli Maria Silva

17. Queer Affirmations and Embodied Knowledge in the Brazilian Performance Group Dzi Croquettes

Jan Simon Hutta

18. Feminist and Queer Epistemologies beyond Academia and the Anglophone World: Political Intersectionality and Transfeminism in the Catalan Context

Maria Rodó-de-Zárate

19. Performing Academy: Feedback and Diffusion Strategies for Queer Scholactivists in France

Rachele Borghi, Marie Hélène/Sam Bourcier, Cha Prieur

20. Writing through Activisms and Academia: Challenges and Possibilities

Niharika Banerjea, Kath Browne, Leela Bakshi and Subhagata Ghosh

21. ‘Wake up, Alice, This is Not Wonderland!’: Power, Diversity and Knowledge in Geographies of Sexualities

Joseli Maria Silva and Marcio Jose Ornat

Section IV: Mobile Sexualities

Andrew Gorman-Murray and Catherine J. Nash (editors)

22. Mobile Sexualities: Section Introduction

Andrew Gorman-Murray and Catherine J. Nash

23. Moving to Paris! Gays and Lesbians: Paths, Experiences and Projects

Marianne Blidon

24. Queer Migration: Going South from China to Australia

Audrey Yue

25. Evolving Bodies: Mapping (Trans)Gender Identities in Refugee Law

Senthorun Raj

26. Queer Political Geographies of Migration and Diaspora

Farhang Rouhani

27. You’ve Come a Long Way Baby: Unpacking the Metaphor of Transgender Mobility

Petra Doan

28. LGBT Communities, Identities and the Politics of Mobility: Moving from Visibility to Recognition in Contemporary Urban Landscapes

Andrew Gorman-Murray and Catherine J. Nash

Section V: Sexual Health

Andrew Tucker (editor)

29. Sexual Health: Section Introduction

Andrew Tucker

30. Queering Epidemiology

Gerry Kearns

31. ‘Why Must We Stay in This Cage?’ Governing Sexuality in Biomedical Research

Stephen Taylor

32. Relocation and Negotiation: Integrating Mobilities in Gay Men’s Sexual Health

Nathaniel M. Lewis

33. Reconsidering Relationships between Homophobia, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS

Andrew Tucker

Section VI: Commercial Sexualities

Maarten Loopmans (editor)

34. Commercial Sexualities: Section Introduction

Maarten Loopmans

35. Sex Work, Urban Governance and the Gendering of Cities

Phil Hubbard

36. Defining Commercial Sexualities, Past and Present

Magaly Rodríguez García

37. Sexualities, Tropicalizations and the Transnational Sex Trade: Brazilian Women in Spain

Joseli Maria Silva and Marcio Jose Ornat

38. Beyond Dichotomies of Victimization versus Agency: Bringing in Gendered Spatial Subject Positions Related to Intimacy

Marlene Spanger

Section VII: Digital Sexualities

Catherine J. Nash and Andrew Gorman-Murray (editors)

39. Digital Sexualities: Section Introduction

Catherine J. Nash and Andrew Gorman-Murray

40. Sexting, Schools and Surveillance: Mediated Sexuality in the Classroom

Kath Albury

41. Youth Online: Non-heterosexual Young People’s Use of the Internet to Negotiate their Identities, Support Networks and Sociosexual Relations

Gary Downing

42. ‘Male Blood Elves Are So Gay’: Gender and Sexual Identity in Online Games

Cherie Todd

43. Horny at the Bus Stop, Paranoid in the Cul-de-sac: Sex, Technology and Public Space

Sharif Mowlabocus

44. Digital Technologies and Sexualities in Urban Space

Catherine J. Nash and Andrew Gorman-Murray

About the Editors

Gavin Brown is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leicester, UK.

Kath Browne is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Brighton, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies